Category Archives: competency

How Do You Shine?

                    Expertise What is it, that you bring to the table? Is it skills, knowledge, education, background, those intangibles all rolled into what we call “expertise”? One of my favorite quotable movie scenes is a hilarious moment in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, in which King Arthur…

Opening Doors

Business acumen. What does it mean? In short, it means understanding your business—keenly. It’s knowing what details matter and why, and then it’s understanding how they come together and affect the big picture. In developing your business acumen, you learn how to improve structure and systems at every level. You learn which risks are worth…

I Like Your Style

Tower of Power (or TOP for short) is an R&B-based horn band, originating in Oakland, and they have been performing since 1968.  They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines.  I’ve been a big fan of TOP, and have seen them several times in concert. Each time they never…

But, What’s Most Important?

What’s your favorite competency of successful Leaders? Thats the question I seem to receive from those who have begun subscribing to the Rare Leader™ challenge. What’s my favorite? I thought for a minute, not about my personal selection, but more so to create a bit of a dramatic pause. As my client leaned forward to…

Because I Love It!

How happy are you, I asked?  On a scale of 1-10, tell me…how happy are you? Andy took a moment, looked up at me and replied, you mean today?  Are you talking about at work?  Are you asking about my life in general?  Happy…about what?  Andy was seemingly confused.  What did I mean with this…

Why Are They Rare?

I started a Google search several months ago. I wanted to keep up with the latest news, trends, research, and people associated with great Leadership.  I have been bothered to say the least, by the massive quantity of “stuff” out there associated with Leaders, and Leadership.  And it’s not all good.  I thought twitter might…

When Changing Senior Leadership Becomes Personal

The Challenge: Evaluating, or considering changes with Senior Leadership can be a considerable challenge.  Many times this executive has become more than a coworker. When leading together in times of both war and peace, a bond develops with deep emotional ties.  Sometimes, this leader had been hand-picked, mentored, and championed throughout the organization by you….

When Delegating Goes Bad

The Challenge: Evaluating, or considering changes with Senior Leadership can be a considerable challenge.  Many times this executive has become more than a coworker. When leading together in times of both war and peace, a bond develops with deep emotional ties.  Sometimes, this leader had been hand-picked, mentored, and championed throughout the organization by you….

Life Is Full Of Choices…Make One.

Collaboration…Teamwork…Delegation…Job Sharing…Cooperation…Empower…Partnership…Compromise…and the list goes on.  What do these words have in common?  Potentially they mean – “nothing gets decided”.   These terms of the day, are all the rage.  However, inclusion of your Team and your Associates is more of an art than a science.  Because, all of this talk of sharing in the…